Sony is rowing backwards: After massive criticism from players and the press, the servers of the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita stores are now online. It is also planned to switch off the relevant functions on the Playstation Portable.
With the decision to take the stores offline, Sony went public at the end of March. Starting on July 2nd, the shops would have been gradually switched off. Only games that had already been purchased and titles received via PS Plus would still have been available for re-download. As a result, numerous games that were only available digitally on both devices would have vanished forever.
Sony comments on the withdrawal of the measure on the Playstation Blog as follows:
“After further deliberation, it is us […] Realized that in this case we made the wrong decision. I’m excited to announce that the PlayStation Store for PS3 and PS Vita devices will continue to be available as usual. Purchasing functions for PSP, on the other hand, will be discontinued on July 2, 2021 as planned. “
The original decision was made in order to focus all resources on the new devices, i.e. the Playstation 5 and Playstation 4. However, it was noticed that it is very important for many players to buy classic games for PS3 and PS Vita in the foreseeable future to be able to. According to the somewhat vague statement, a “suitable solution” has now been found to enable this to continue.
The new explanations do not reveal why the PSP should continue to be given the coup de grace. Considering that there is a purely digital version of the handheld with the PSP Go, owners of it will not be able to simply switch to retail versions of the games in the future.
Despite this environmental decision went last some PS1 games offline on the devices early. It remains to be seen whether this will now be withdrawn. If you’re more interested in modern games, but haven’t got hold of a PS5 yet, stick with ours April console availability guide at the current status.
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